A Jail Record So Real, You’d Swear It Was Recorded Behind Bars

VYBZ KARTEL HAS NOT BEEN RECORDING MUSIC IN JAIL read the official statement from Kartel’s record label: “Adidjaheim Records would like to make it clear, that Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer has not recorded any material since his arrest in 2011. Any songs containing material from Vybz Kartel that were released after his arrest, were recorded by the artist in previous years.” The reason for the press release? U.I.M. Records’ latest boomshell “Back To Life,” whose compellingly raw details about life behind bars have sparked rumors that Kartel has been recording at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre. Check out the audio after the jump…

“When the cage lock, you haffi thug it up.” Run that…

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As crazy as it may sound, the Kartel rumor is not beyond the realm of possibility. This would not be the first tiem a reggae artist was able to further his music career while doing time. During the 1990s Ninja Man was granted a work release to perform on Reggae Sunsplash and Jah Cure was also quite prolific during his prison term.

“Various songs containing material from Vybz Kartel have surfaced since his arrest, including a collaboration with Busta Rhymes and a song titled “Back to Life,” which have sparked rumors that the artist has been recording at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre. Adidjahiem Records would like to make it explicitly clear that both songs were recorded prior to his arrest. The single “Wine and Go Down” by Busta Rhymes ft. Vybz Kartel was recorded at Donovan ‘Don Corleon’ Bennett’s studio  in 2010 in a session that was broadcast live on ustream. The lyrics contained in “Back to Life” were also recorded in 2010.”

“The lyrics from “Back to Life,” that was released by U.I.M. Records, were recorded by Adidjahiem Records during the Dudus extradition – the original title was “Me Waan Go Home,” says Elvis Redwood of So Unique Records, who was an in-house engineer for Adidjahiem Records at the time. “Those same lyrics were re-used on a different track to create “Back to Life.”

And if ya don’t know, now ya know.